NEW YORK, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- iPhone 6 and 6+ Displays are Forcing CDNs to Shift To Responsive Web Design
The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6+ hit the device market like a freight train. This dynamic duo shipped 10 million units in the first weekend alone, breaking all device release records. Some analysts expect to million iPhone 6 and 6+ units to be shipped in the first year of its release. Several experts have written about how these two new phones are forcing Web publishers to up their game by gearing up for these richer displays.
What they may not have realized is that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ also present a challenging problem for content delivery networks. Over the last few months, multiple content owners have mentioned how the iPhone 6 and 6+ have made it harder for some CDNs to deliver their content to these devices, with good quality. Apple's new phones challenge CDNs by creating a perfect storm of significantly larger images and a non-negotiable requirement to deliver images generated on the fly even over wireless phone networks. This is a territory where CDNs have historically struggled even with the lighter requirements of earlier generations of smart phones with smaller displays. The new iPhones are the final nail in the coffin for old-style m.dot Web sites and a forcing factor for the shift to Responsive Web Design sites.
With the arrival of these two devices, Web sites must support nearly a dozen Apple device screen sizes. Add this to the assortment of popular Android display sizes, and image management becomes a massive headache. On m.dot sites, this creates significant pain, as each of the image sizes must be cached on the edge of the network for a CDN to deliver it properly. There are software solutions to automatically generate and manage multiple image sizes as soon as a user hits a Web site, but those solutions mean that the customer's IT organization is incurring significant technical overhead and creating a single point of failure for delivery. This may not have been a big deal a few years ago— when sites did not change their larger images often—but today, most travel, eCommerce and media sites update images as often as several times a day
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